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9:48 PM Wed, Sept. 19th

City still prohibits daytime spray watering

The City of Prescott's daytime, outdoor watering restrictions remains in effect between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., although hand-watering plants and drip irrigation systems are OK.

The daytime watering restriction applies only to spray irrigation ­ using sprinklers on turf areas. Spraying irrigation or sprinkling is permissible at night and in the early morning hours ­ between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Restricting outdoor spray irrigation to only the night and early morning hours prevents the evaporation of 50 percent to 80 percent of water used, depending on weather conditions.

City Manager Steve Norwood issued the reminder about the daytime spray-irrigation prohibition to counter the effects of a suspension of the summer monsoon.

"With the increased heat and the break in the monsoon, we're starting to see water demand climb back up. We want to remind everyone that the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. restriction is still in place and clarify that doesn't mean hand-watering," Norwood said.

Additionally, Norwood reiterated that the Prescott City Code prohibits water runoff from private property onto public or adjacent private property.

Thanks to some wet weather earlier this month, Norwood lifted the restriction on non-commercial car washing. Residents can continue to wash their cars at home, but he encourages them to use water wisely.

The water restrictions aim at reducing water to protect the city's water transmission system and to ensure that ample water is in storage in the event of a wildfire.

Direct water-conservation questions to Connie Tucker, management analyst, at 777-1144.